State of Colorado Archives: on Foreign Policy


Cory Gardner: Voted against blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Q: Block arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war and allegations about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death?

Corey Gardner: No. Voted against blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia in June 2019.

John Hickenlooper: Yes. Supports cutting off military support. "I don't think supporting the Saudi campaign in Yemen is a great idea."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Colorado Senate race Oct 10, 2020

John Hickenlooper: Supports cutting off military support to Saudi Arabia

Q: Block arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war and allegations about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death?

John Hickenlooper: Yes. Supports cutting off military support. "I don't think supporting the Saudi campaign in Yemen is a great idea."

Corey Gardner: No. Voted against blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia in June 2019.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Colorado Senate race Oct 10, 2020

John Hickenlooper: Realign foreign policy to reflect American leadership

My four-pillar approach to national security and foreign policy builds on my experiences as Governor, Mayor, and a small businessman. These pillars include: a clear-eyed identification of our threats and a willingness to honestly confront them as a united country; strengthening our global alliances and partnerships; modernizing our military, defense, and intelligence capabilities to face longstanding and new challenges; and realigning foreign policy to once again reflect American leadership.
Source: 2020 Colorado Senate campaign website Hickenlooper.com Jul 9, 2020

Mike Johnston: US must lead & collaborate with allies

The United States of America remains the indispensable nation on the world stage. If we're going to solve our biggest problems, from climate change to pandemics to terror, it will be through American leadership and collaboration with the rest of the globe. Mike will fight hard to ensure the United States of America does not repeat the mistakes of the past, and sustains strong, productive alliances that reflect the great ideals of our democracy.
Source: 2020 Senate campaign website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com Jul 29, 2019

Dan Baer: Served as US ambassador to OSCE & multilateral organizations

The introductory campaign video for Baer's campaign underscores plenty of differences between him and the rival Dems itching to take down Gardner at the ballot box.

The clip boasts shots of Baer with Obama-era figures such as Hillary Clinton and John Kerry that date from the period when he served as deputy assistant secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. But arguably more memorable is footage of him driving for Lyft, which he says he does on occasion as a way of meeting and learning about a wider range of people than the typical candidate encounters.

Baer served as a fellow at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics before joining the Obama team in 2009 and sticking around for more than seven years.

"At first, I worked on human rights from Washington and many places around the world," he recalls. "I covered Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as multi-lateral organizations."

Source: Westword.com AdWatch on 2020 Colorado Senate race Apr 30, 2019

Cory Gardner: Led bipartisan opposition to China's election interference

A bipartisan group of 12 senators has written a letter to senior Trump administration officials, urging them to craft a "comprehensive strategy" to counter covert Chinese interference in democracies around the world. Led by Cortez Masto, the lawmakers outlined the growing threat that Chinese Communist Party activities pose to independent democratic institutions.

Democratic heavyweight Elizabeth Warren is a signatory to the letter, as is Chris Coons (D-DE) and Republican centrist Cory Gardner. The letter's wide spectrum of support suggests that, unlike the investigation into Russian meddling, future attempts to uncover Chinese actions in the United States may have a bipartisan character.

Source: The Daily Beast on 2020 Colorado Senate race Jun 11, 2018

Michael Bennet: Diplomatic tools to invest in stability before crisis

Q: What legislation would you support to curb the infliction of mass casualties on citizens?

Bennet: I support smart solutions to curb mass casualties abroad. Our goal should be to deploy diplomatic tools and invest in stability before a crisis breaks out. I've cosponsored the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, which would increase our ability to detect atrocities and respond more quickly. It also designates prevention of mass atrocities and genocide as a core national security interest to the United States.

Q: What do you view as the biggest threat to national security?

Bennet: I believe there are several. ISIS is a threat to U.S. interests abroad and our security here at home. I have bills to close gaps in our visa waiver system and track people who overstay their visas so we know who's in our country. I passed legislation to address cybersecurity personnel shortages, so we can better protect ourselves from cyberattacks.

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Colorado Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Peg Littleton: Unwavering defender of the nation of Israel

I am an unwavering defender of the nation of Israel, as this alliance in the Middle East is essential to the safety and sovereignty of the United States.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website PegLittleton.com Feb 3, 2016

Ken Salazar: We need cooperation of our traditional allies on terrorism

We canít win the battle against international terror on our own. Terrorism is a world-wide threat. Our battle against them must be fought on many fronts and at many levels. We must confront them militarily wherever possible, we must use diplomatic, economic and military tools to confront governments who harbor terrorists, and we must also attack the sources of social and financial support for terrorism. We cannot succeed in these efforts without the cooperation of our traditional allies and without making many new friends. To lead and to win the war on terror, we must move away from the arrogance of power that has sometimes characterized our foreign policy these past few years, reinvigorate our diplomacy, and rebuild our international coalitions.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Aug 11, 2004

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